The mother of a 14-year-old boy says her son was murdered by guards who allegedly beat him at a Bay County boot camp for juvenile offenders.
Bay County sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Sasser declined to comment because of the ongoing investigation into the January 6 death of Martin Lee Anderson.
The Legislature's black caucus has urged the head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to remove himself from the probe because he previously was Bay County sheriff, but Gov. Jeb Bush says he's confident in FDLE Commissioner Guy Tunnell and doesn't plan to make any decisions until the formal investigation is completed.
At a news conference, before and after blown up photos of the boy were shown. One was a smiling, skinny kid and the other a bloated version of the boy in his casket.
The Associated Press has obtained copies of memos from Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen that ordered drill instructors to stop using ammonia capsules on teens suspected of faking unconsciousness. They were written the day Anderson died.
An attorney for the Anderson family says the guards forced ammonia tablets up the boy's nose in efforts to keep him conscious. Exposure to ammonia can cause eye irritation, coughing, lung damage and even death in high enough concentrations.